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Home Security in Waterbury, CT

Overview

Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Waterbury, Connecticut This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Waterbury.

Population: 108,629
County: New Haven
ZIP Codes: 06702, 06704, 06705, 06706, 06708, 06710, 06716

Waterbury Home Security Facts

The crime rate in Waterbury is 44 crimes for every one thousand residents in the town. As a result, the crime rate in Waterbury is one of the highest for all communities of all sizes in the US. The chance of becoming a victim of crime (violent crime or property crime) in Waterbury is 1 in 23.

In Connecticut, Waterbury has a crime rate that is more than 99% of the communities and towns in the state. In comparing Waterbury with other towns and communities that have a similar population in the US, the crime rate in Waterbury is higher than the average for such comparably sized towns.

The rate at which violent crimes occur in Waterbury is higher than most communities of all population sizes in the US. The likelihood that a person will become the victim of a violent crime like armed robbery, aggravated assault, murder or rape, in Waterbury is 1 in 197. That crime rate translates to 5 crimes for every one thousand inhabitants.

Property crimes occur very often in Waterbury. It is in fact the most common form of crime in the town. The property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny and arson. The chance that a person will become the victim of any of these property crimes in the town is 1 in 26, which translates to a rate of 39 property crimes for every one thousand residents in the town.

It is important to note that Waterbury has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the US, when compared to communities and towns of all sizes. The chance that a person will have their car stolen in the town is 1 in 148.

History of Waterbury

The area that is now Waterbury was initially inhabited by Native Americans. Waterbury was first settled by colonists in 1674 in the area that is present-day Town Plot section. The area was vacated in 1657 and resettled in 1677. The name of the town was chosen in reference to the streams that flowed into the Naugatuck River.

Waterbury was incorporated as a town in 1686 and experienced slow growth in its first century. This was due to the constant flooding of the Naugatuck River that discouraged more settlers moving into in the town.

Waterbury became an industrial power in the early 1800s when the manufacture of brass began in the town. The Mad River and the Naugatuck River were used to power the factories. The coming of industrialization attracted settlers into the town leading to the influx of people from various countries. Waterbury was incorporated as a city in 1853.

The clock industry emerged in the mid-1800s and became as important as the brass industry. In 1858, the production of silverware also commenced in the city.

Labor unrest occurred in the town in June 1920 when striking workers (about 15,000) fought the police on the street, leading to the arrest of 30 people (mostly Russians, Lithuanians, Italians, and Poles). One person was shot to death by the police.

Interesting Facts About Waterbury

  • The most prominent landmark in Waterbury is the Union Station Clocktower. The clocktower, which was made by Seth Thomas Co., is 73 meters high, and has 318 steps. It opened in July 1909. In 2016, structural renovations began to repair damages in the clocktower that resulted from cold temperatures since its construction.
  • The Municipal Stadium in Waterbury was built as a dog track in 1930 to hold 6,000 people.
    The Apothecary Building in Waterbury was built in 1893. The Apothecaries Hall Pharmacy was housed in the building for more than 70 years.
  • On the Carrie Welton Fountain, there is a 2500-pound statue erected in memory of Caroline Josephine Welton’s black stallion. The fountain was dedicated in November 1888.
  • The Elton Hotel in Waterbury, built in 1905, was a grand hotel that served as the starting point of the Ideal Tour.
  • The 12,000-pound Christopher Columbus statue in Waterbury is located in front of the City Hall and was dedicated in October 1984.
  • The Palace Theatre, a theatre that opened in the city in 1933, featured vaudeville shows and films for about 70 years. The theatre was closed in 1987, and reopened in 2004.

Notable Residents

William Henry Bristol, the American inventor, manufacturer, environmentalist and educator, was born in Waterbury in July 1859. Bristol invented the Bristolphone to simultaneously record sounds and voices in moving pictures.

Patrick Henry DeLeon, the American psychologist, was born in Waterbury in January 1943. He was the former chief of staff for US Senator Daniel Inouye. He also served as the president of the American Psychological Association in 2000.

Caswell Silver, the American geologist and entrepreneur that served as the president of Sundance Oil Company (1960 – 1984), grew up in Waterbury.

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